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b. 1983, works and lives in Singapore
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1983 Born in Singapore

2003 -2005 Camberwell College of Arts, London
2010 -2011 Master, London College of Communications, London

2021 Excellence Award, New Cosmos of Photography 2021, Tokyo, Japan
Still Image 2nd Place, Julius Baer Next Generation Art Prize, Singapore
2020 Silvana S. Foundation Commission Award, Singapore
2011 Deutsche Bank Award In Photography, University of the Arts London, London, U.K.
2010 Young Artist Award, Singapore
2009 Arts Creation Fund, National Arts Council, Singapore
United Overseas Bank (UOB) Painting of the Year Award, Singapore
2008 Honourable Mention, Photo­Levallois Festival, Paris, France

2019 Finalist, 12th Benesse Prize, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
2017 Finalist, Hugo Boss Asia Art Award, Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai
2016 -2018 Nominee, Prix Elysée, Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland
2014 Finalist, APB Foundation Signature Art Prize, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

Solo Exhibitions (All | Selected)
2022 Art Basel Hong Kong 2022, Booth 1D12, Hong Kong
2020 Robert Zhao Renhui: The Lines We Draw, ShanghART Singapore, Singapore
2019 New Forest, Mind Set Art Center, Taipei
The Lines We Draw, Yalu River Art Museum, Dandong
2018 The Institute of Critical Zoologists Final Report of the Christmas Island Expert Working Group, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore
2017 Robert Zhao Renhui: Christmas Island, Naturally, ShanghART M50, Shanghai
The Nature Museum, Singapore International Festival of Art, 72-13, Singapore
Zhao Renhui: Christmas Island, Naturally, ShanghART Singapore, Singapore
The Bizarre Honour, Chip Bee Gardens, Singapore
Singapore, Very Old Tree, National Museum of Singapore, Singapore
2016 The Natural History of an Island, DECK, Singapore
2015 The Nature Collector-Robert Zhao Renhui, ShanghART Main Space, Shanghai
The Tree That Fell, The Substation, Singapore
A Guide to the Flora and Fauna of the World, Centre of Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, Australia
2014 A Guide to the Flora and Fauna of the World, Primo Marella Gallery, Milan, Italy
The Last Thing You See, 2902 Gallery, Singapore
Fake or Reality, Galarie Anzenberger, Vienna, Austria
Flies Prefer Yellow, Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco, U.S.A.
2012 The Institute of Critical Zoologists, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, U.K.
Living Proof, Bangkok University Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
2011 The Land Archive, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore
2010 The Whiteness of a Whale, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
2009 If a Tree Falls in the Forest, The Substation, Singapore

Group Exhibitions (All | Selected)
2022 Rediscovering Lost Connections, Silvana S. Foundation Commission Award Exhibition, first edition, ION Art Gallery, Singapore
Free Jazz IV. Geomancers, Screening Programme, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore
2021 A Show About Nothing, By Art Matters, Hangzhou
Body Universe, HOP Hub of Photography, Bangkok, Thailand
The Natural History of an Island, curated by Gwen Lee, Jimei X Arles 2021 International Photo Festival, Xiamen
Super Fusion - 2021 Chengdu Biennale, Tianfu Art Park, Chengdu
Posthuman Ensemble, Asia Culture Center, Gwangju, South Korea
What a caterpillar calls the end, the world calls a butterfly, Field Studies, Singapore
Tonight the Air is Warm, Kristin Hjellegjerde, London, U.K
2020 Rediscovering Lost Connections, by Silvana S. Foundation Award, 37 Emerald Hill, Singapore International Photography Festival, Singapore
From the Mundane World, Launch Exhibition of He Art Museum, He Art Museum, Foshan
In The Forest, Even The Air Breathes, GAMeC Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bergamo, Italy
Busan Biennale: Words at an Exhibition, an exhibition in ten chapters and five poems, Museum of Contemporary Art Busan, Busan, South Korea
Meditations in an Emergency, UCCA, Beijing
Cache: From B to Z, ShanghART, Shanghai
The Seeds We Sow, Mizuma Gallery, Singapore
A Hypothetical Show for A Closed Museum, M Woods (online)
2019 Winter Exhibition, ShanghART Beijing, Beijing
2219: Futures Imagined, ArtScience Museum, Singapore
Singapore Biennale 2019, Every Step in the Right Direction, Gillman Barracks, Singapore
Observe, Experiment, Archive, Sunderland Museum and Winter Garden, London, U.K.
Effect, Orange County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, U.S.A.
An Opera for Animals, Para Site, Hong Kong
Quasi-Nature, Bio Art, Borderline and Laboratory, Hyundai Motorstudio, Beijing
Stories That Matter: ICONS &The Land Archive, Objectifs
2018 The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT9), Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), Brisbane, Australia
Taipei Biennial 2018, Post-Nature: A Museum as an Ecosystem, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
Civilization: The Way We Live Now, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
Fotofestiwal, Lodz, Poland
Starting from the Desert Ecologies on the Edge, The Second Yinchuan Biennial, Museum of Contemporary Art, Yinchuan
PhotoEspaña, Madrid, Spain
Fast Forward Festival 5, Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens, Greece
A World in a Grain of Sand, Mapping Shapes and Sites for Social Geometries, Atlantis, Sanya
Civilization:The Way We Live Now, Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography, U.S.A
2017 The Reason Why Classic Is, Artron Art Center, Shenzhen
Disappearing Legacies: The World as Forest, Centrum für Naturkunde at the Universität Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
JIWA: Jakarta Biennale 2017, Jakarta, Indonesia
Hugo Boss Asia Art 2017, Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai
7th International Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Curated by Yuko Hasegawa, Moscow, Russia
The Modern Look, Part I, Modern Art Base, Shanghai
On Sharks and Humanity, Parkview Museum, Singapore
Chobi Mela IX, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2016 Holzwege, ShanghART, Shanghai
The Uncertain, or the Shelved..., ShanghART H-Space, Shanghai
The Uncertain, or the Shelved..., ShanghART Main Space, Shanghai
20th Biennale of Sydney, The future is already here — it’s just not evenly distributed, Cockatoo Island, Sydney, Australia
Prudential Eye Awards Exhibition 2016, ArtScience Museum, Singapore
2015 No Boundary: An Exhibition featuring Singaporean Artists, ShanghART Singapore, Singapore
2015 Biel-Bienne Festival of Photography, Switzerland
Minuscule in Scope-Gargantuan in Perspective, ShanghART H-Space, Shanghai
Les Rencontres d'Arles expositions, Arles Discovery Awards Exhibition, Arles, France
Singapore: Inside Out, 751 D-Park, Beijing
‘Next Door’, Curated by Tang Fu Kuen, The White Box @ Publika, Malaysia
Pause, PhotoBangkok, Bangkok Art & Culture Centre, Bangkok, Thailand
2014 APB Foundation Signature Art Prize, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
Countershadows (tactics in evasion), Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore
Landscape: the Virtual, the Actual, the Possible?, Times Museum, Guangzhou
The Origin of Beauty: Dramatic Nostalgia, Busan Museum of Art, Busan, South Korea
Ocean of Possibilities, Noorderlicht Festival of Photography, Amsterdam, Holand
Busan Biennale Special Exhibition (Asian Curatorial): Going, Going until I Meet the Tide, Busan, South Korea
Origins Memories & Parodies, Daegu Photo Biennale, Korea
Mapping Asia, Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong
Truths, Facts, Fictions, Lies, PhotoIreland, Dublin, Ireland
4th Moscow International Biennale of Young Art: A Time for Dreams, Moscow, Russia
Grand Prix Fotofestiwal, Lodz, Poland
Unearthed, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
Ghost Nature, Gallery 400, University of Illinois, Chicago, U.S.A.
Projections Animalieres, La Box, Bourges at The École Nationale Supérieure d'Art, France
The Land Archive, 24/7, Sculpture Square, Singapore
Do You Believe in Angels?, MO_Space, Philippines
2013 Going Where?, A Special Group Show for Singapore Artists, ShanghART Singapore, Singapore
Singapore Biennale: If the World Changed, The Peranakan Museum, Singapore
Photoquai 4, Museum de Branly, Paris, France
Novel Ecologies, Cross Art Projects, Sydney, Australia
The Artist, the Book and the Crowd, The Substation, Singapore
Living in the Ruins of the 20th Century, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
International Festival of Photography, Mineiro Museum, Brazil
The Realm in the Mirror, the Vision out of Image, Jinji Lake Art Museum, Suzhou
Engaging Perspectives, New Art From Singapore, Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore
President’s Young Talents, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
Earth Works, PPOW Gallery, New York, U.S.A.
Adapting to the Anthropocene, UNESCO House, Paris, France
Encounter: The Royal Academy in Asia, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore
Beast Bloom for Thee, Canna Galari, Jakarta, Indonesia
Between Conversations, Yavuz Fine Art, Singapore
2012 EDIT: Image Fetish and Phobia, ShanghART H-Space, Shanghai
Right Here, Right Now, Format International Photography Festival, Derby, U.K.
Terra Cognita, Noorderlitcht Festival of Photography, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
FutureMap, Zabludowicz Collection, London, U.K.
Future­Proof, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
Hijacked III, Contemporary Photography From the UK and Australia, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth, Australia
2011 We Who Saw Signs, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore
Territories of the Real and Unreal, Langgeng Art Foundation, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Animal Talk, Jendela (Visual Arts Space), Esplanade, Singapore
Not Too Far Away, 2902 Gallery, Singapore
2010 A Touch of Violence, National Gallery of Arts, Tirana, Albania
Haven’t You Heard?, The Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong
When Species Meet : A Gaze That is Non­human, MoMA Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland
Emerging Wave, GoEun Museum of Photography, South Korea
Art & The Law, M1 Fringe Festival, Jendela Gallery, Singapore
CUT 2010, New Photography From Southeast Asia : Parallel Universe, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Singapore
2009 Photocinema, Format International Photography Festival, Derby, U.K.
2008 We Decided to Go to the Zoo But It Was Raining, Photo­ Levallois Festival, Paris, France

Projects (All | Selected)
2022 The Forest Institute, Gillman Barracks, Singapore
2021 Still Somehow, It’s Illusions We Recall, A film programme for The Gift curated by Jeremy Chua, National Gallery Singapore, Singapore
Community Arts Residency, Artist Residency, Bukit Panjang Greenridge Shopping Centre, Singapore
It Takes Time, ”Rewritten: The World Ahead of Us“ Public Art Commissions, Jurong Lake Gardens, Singapore
Open to Interpretation, Asian Art Institutum and Gasworks London, Online
2019 The Time Tree, outdoor public artwork commissioned for the Singapore Bicentennial, Fort Canning Park
2018 Trying to Remember A Tree (iii) – The World Will Surely Collapse, Special outdoor installation project in conjunction with Art After Dark, ShanghART Singapore, Singapore
2017 Robert Zhao Renhui: Looking for Nature | ArtReview Asia Xiàn Chǎng | Special Exhibition Program at West Bund Art & Design, West Bund Art Centre, Shanghai
Musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac, Artist Residency, Paris, France
NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, Artist Residency, Singapore
2014 Robert Zhao Renhui, Kadist Art Foundation Artist Residency, San Francisco, U.S.A.
2013 Earth Observatory of Singapore (Artist Residency), Singapore
2012 National Museum Cardiff, Residency by Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, U.K.
Langgeng Art Foundation, Residency on Dutch Colonial Archives, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
2011 Bangkok University Gallery, Artist Residency, Bangkok, Thailand
The Arctic Circle Residency, Svalbard, Norway
Ffotogallery, Artist Residency, Cardiff, U.K.
2010 Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Artist Residency, Fukuoka, Japan

Musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac, Paris, France
Statoil Art Collection, Stavanger, Norway
National Museum of Singapore, Singapore
UBS Art Collection, UBS Global
UOB Art Collection, Singapore
Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, France; San Francisco, U.S.A.
Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
Tate Collection, London, U.K.


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